Thailand, China ink cultural-exchange agreement

Friday, 22 February 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 8 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

Thai and Chinese officials signed a cultural-exchange agreement that will see mainland martial arts performed and taught here, and Thai artists and musicians entertain there.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Phinij Jarusombat, now chairman of the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economic Association, and MP Santsak Ngampichet, chairman of the House’s Religion, Art and Culture Committee, signed the memorandum of understanding with Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu Feb. 8 at Pattaya City Hall.

Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu (left) shakes hands with Former Deputy Prime Minister Phinij Jarusombat (right) during the cultural-exchange agreement ceremony at Pattaya City Hall.Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu (left) shakes hands with Former Deputy Prime Minister Phinij Jarusombat (right) during the cultural-exchange agreement ceremony at Pattaya City Hall.

The agreement aims to strengthen the relationship between the two countries while promoting exchange of culture and cooperation.

Under the pact, Chinese kung fu artists will perform in Thailand and both sides will work to organize a martial arts exhibition. China also will send volunteer teachers to Thailand to teach Chinese language, music and opera.

Reciprocally, Thailand will send artisans to perform in China, particularly at its international youth art week.

China will also provide support to Thailand in satellite technology and other advanced technologies. Thailand, in return, will allow establishment of a new Chinese satellite project in Thailand.

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